Tag Archives: HITS

HITS apprenticeship program accepting applications

The Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) Service Desk is searching for students, recent graduates, or other qualified workers to join its entry-level apprenticeship program. The program is a partnership between Michigan Medicine and Washtenaw Community College (WCC). Since it began in 2018, the apprenticeship program has had four employees. This fall, however, the program plans to hire… Read More »

Med student challenges: How HITS combats graduation confusion

There is a growing need for assistance as medical students transition from medical school to other institutions for research or residency programs. Issues such as access to email, U-M Box, and MiChart are relevant worries as more than 150 students near their graduation dates. A recent medical school graduate, Balaji Pandian, also the M4 class’ medical technical representative,… Read More »

Michigan Medicine replaces medication dispensing cabinets with new technology

Michigan Medicine is upgrading its automated medication dispensing cabinets across the health system and ambulatory care sites. BD Pyxis, will replace Omnicell, a tool used for nearly 20 years. Med Inn, Taubman, Cancer Center, and UH South began using BD Pyxis dispensing cabinets this month. Additional sites will go-live on a rolling basis this summer and fall. “Once… Read More »

New tech explored at BRCF Genomics Showcase

On June 13, 2019, more than 300 people came together at the Biomedical Research Core Facilities Genomics Showcase to learn more about the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space. Cores are centralized facilities or labs that offer shared services, shared equipment, resources, and expertise to biomedical researchers and investigators on a fee-for-service basis.… Read More »

HITS helps Michigan Medicine improve screening rates for adults at risk of liver complications

Michigan Medicine was recently featured for using its electronic medical record to improve screening rates for adults at risk of liver complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby boomers are at high risk of liver complications from hepatitis C, even though the virus is easily treated after it’s identified. To increase awareness and prevent… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Mahathy Kuchibhatla—Patient Portal expert

Michigan IT News recently interviewed Health Information Technology and Services staffer Mahathy Kuchibhatla, M.S., about her work building and managing the Patient Portal (MyUofMHealth.org). An undergraduate project that used Artificial Intelligence got her interested in computers that has led to a 10-year career in IT that improves patient engagement. Tell us about your background. I have a master’s… Read More »

Explore new technologies at the BRCF Genomics Showcase

By | May 29, 2019

Join the BRCF for a Genomics Showcase to explore the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space, including single cell analysis, ATAQ-Seq, epigenetics, high-throughput sequencing applications, and more. Thursday, June 13, 2019Palmer Commons, 4th FloorSpeaking sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Lunch and information tables open at 11:30 a.m. The Showcase will explore multiple topics,… Read More »

Reduced availability to the MWireless-UMHS WiFi network

Michigan Medicine is taking steps to protect its network and resources, while also encouraging a safe and non-threatening work environment. Beginning June 5, MWireless-UMHS will no longer be available in ambulatory, inpatient, or administrative buildings. The WiFi network can continue to be used in some medical research facilities. “About 5,000 faculty, staff, students, and sponsored users regularly connect devices… Read More »

BlueJeans key to success for distance learning partnership in Rwanda

In October 2017, Michigan IT News reported on videoconferencing that enables clinical education in Ethiopia as part a project led by Center for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan (UM-CIRHT). The year after, UM-CIRHT launched a two-year project with the University of Rwanda. The partnership strengthens family planning training and builds student and faculty capacity… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Mike Marable—Microsoft magician

Mike Marable is the operating system (OS) deployment architect and a senior engineer for the Configuration Manager group at Michigan Medicine, leading Microsoft systems engineering for Health Information Technology & Services (HITS). He has been invited to speak this May at the annual Midwest Management Summit (MMS), an international technical conference where systems management professionals come from all… Read More »

Meet Michigan Medicine’s new chief nursing informatics officer

Earlier this month, Carleen Penoza was announced as Michigan Medicine’s new chief nursing informatics officer. Today is her first official day on the job. Carleen served as the Health Information Technology & Services director of inpatient applications before becoming the interim senior director for clinical and operational applications. Prior to that, she spent 21 years at Beaumont Health… Read More »

Go-and-Sees provide a learning experience for Michigan Medicine IT staff

A fairly new opportunity for HITS and Michigan Medicine IT employees are “Go-and-Sees,” interactive events that offer staff members a chance to gain hands-on knowledge and experience regarding other Michigan Medicine areas by visiting those labs, clinics, or offices.  During a typical Go-and-See, participants learn the ins and outs of that department and the roles of the employees. These… Read More »

Michigan Medicine to host national data and analytics conference

Share your expertise, creative solutions, and new ideas at the Healthcare Data & Analytics Association (HDAA) 2019 Annual Conference in October! This year’s conference theme is “The Art of Data & Analytics.” Submit your idea for a presentation, poster, roundtable, or panel by April 2. HDAA is a volunteer-led organization focused on sharing the most current data and… Read More »

Machine learning: The next wave of artificial intelligence is making critical decisions in health care

Michigan Medicine CIO Andrew Rosenberg, MD was recently interviewed by Hour Detroit about machine learning, the branch of artificial intelligence capable of identifying who is likely to be a no-show for their next clinic appointment or who is at risk for fatal medical conditions. “The best summary is that wherever a human makes an important decision, machine learning is… Read More »

HITS partners with WCC to offer apprenticeship for aspiring IT professionals

Apprenticeships are typically associated with the skilled trades. You might first think of a plumber or electrician apprentice? Or maybe a welder or carpenter? That convention is changing and a recent apprenticeship program created by Washtenaw Community College and Michigan Medicine to help attract and train aspiring information technology professionals is advancing the cause. Michigan Medicine’s recently launched Service Desk Apprenticeship Program pays entry-level… Read More »

HITS staff-volunteers pitch in to help customers prepare for mandatory Duo two-factor authentication

During a recent Duo “go-live,”nearly a dozen HITS staff-volunteers supplemented regular Service Desk staff – answering customers’ questions and providing support during the set-up and activation process. Beginning October 10, Michigan Medicine began requiring all Michigan Medicine employees to use Duo two-factor authentication to access U-M resources that require Weblogin. This move was intended to provide an additional layer of protection… Read More »

Profiles in IT: A special Veterans Day edition

Military training prepares veterans for a career in IT by requiring technical proficiency, while teaching about teamwork, tenacity, leadership, and more. Veterans’ diverse backgrounds and knowledge demonstrate attention to detail, perseverance, and vibrancy focused on creating brighter futures at the University of Michigan. This Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, we are especially thankful for their service, and are appreciative… Read More »

The sixth annual NCRC Expo: A time to connect

Giveaways, popcorn, games, treats, and much more! The 6th Annual North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Expo was on October 16, 2018, and brought together hundreds of researchers and their NCRC partners, including Health Information Technology and Services (HITS). The NCRC is a place of fast-paced scientific discovery that lead to improvements in health and well-being, and HITS is… Read More »

Device rationalization for Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine has flagged around 4,000 general computing devices (laptops and desktop workstations) that are in use for under 60 minutes a day. They represents roughly ten percent of the entire hardware fleet. If even half of these low use, non-critical devices can be removed from the environment, Michigan Medicine will be able to save more than $1.4… Read More »